What the Center for H.O.P.E. Can Do for Athletes
The Center for H.O.P.E. offers the latest and most advanced Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, in South Florida. Because of the significant increase in the intensity of competitive sports, professional athletes have become much more prone to sports injuries. As such there has been a strong need to develop treatments which allow for better and faster recoveries. The answer has come in the form of HBOT, which is fast becoming a revolutionary rehabilitation treatment.
What is HBOT
HBOT is a simple, painless and non-invasive medical treatment which is used to enhance the body’s natural healing process by allowing the patient to inhale 100% oxygen. The patient lies in a total body chamber where the atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled.
Normally oxygen is transported throughout the body by red blood cells only. With HBOT however, oxygen is dissolved into all the body’s fluids such as the central nervous system fluids, the plasma, the lymph etc. This allows the oxygen to reach all of the damaged tissue which significantly speeds up the body’s own healing process.
Benefits of HBOT
It is a well-known fact that appropriate levels of oxygen in the tissue is necessary for the body to heal. The majority of illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level. In many instances there is an inadequate supply of oxygen to these areas which inhibit the body’s natural healing processes. This causes such illnesses and injuries to drag out. HBOT however, provides additional oxygen to these damages areas. This allows the healing process to speed up with minimal side effects. The benefits of HBOT include:
- oxygen supply increased by up to 25 times the normal levels
- boosts immune system and ability to fight infection
- decrease in swelling and inflammation
- promotion of tissue regeneration
- reduction of fatigue
- stimulation of the production of stem cells
Often athletes re-injure themselves or worsen their conditions by returning to training before their bodies have completely healed. This can prove devastating for any athlete’s career. This is why numerous athletes are drawn to HBOT. It allows for much faster recovery for sore muscles and injuries.
The most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, has been using HBOT for about six years. Phelps noticed that he bounced back a lot more quickly at high altitudes after using an HBOT chamber. This has helped him a lot as he has gotten older, since recovery time tends to increase with age.
Alongside Michael Phelps is the #1 World tennis player, Novak Djokovic, who is also an HBOT enthusiast. After his grueling tennis matches, some of which last more than four hours, Djokovic makes use of HBOT to help him recover more quickly.
Many NFL players have also benefited from HBOT. It is common for professional football players to purchase their own low dose chambers and use them at home throughout the year.
Center for H.O.P.E.
The effect of HBOT on sports injuries has been studied by Barata et. al and holds great promise. If you are feeling sluggish and fatigued after a workout or you are not recovering as quickly as you’d like, HBOT is for you. To obtain more information regarding treatment at the Centre for Hope, please do not hesitate to contact us.